Exploring Generations in Spitalfields

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From 1197, with the establishment of St Mary's Priory and Hospital (Spitalfields) through the centuries till today, many waves of immigrants have settled in the area known as Spitalfields. As we walk the streets from Aldgate East to Brick Lane, we will discover the history of this fascinating corner of London and the people who made it such a diverse cultural treasure.

Course aim

Spitalfields has been the starting place and home for many groups of immigrants. Together we will explore the streets and history of the people who have made it one of London's most diverse areas.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • Meeting point: Aldgate East station (western entrance by Old Castle Street).

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand how Spitalfields has been home to waves of immigrants from different countries and cultures.
  • Appreciate the diversity of culture within this part of East London
  • Engage in personal research into the history of immigrant groups in the area.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be provided with some handout materials to enhance your learning, but no additional work or preparation will be required.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • As this is a half-day event, there will be no additional work required. However, students will be encouraged to engage in personal research into any relevant area that interests them.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Zoom will only be used if it is not possible to engage in the walk because of continuing restrictions on movement and social gathering.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Exploring Generations in Spitalfields

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

We are launching a range of online courses shortly that may be of interest to you so sign up here to hear more.

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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